There is no wrong time to go back to school. On this episode of Online Stripes, meet the mom who pulled triple duty to get her master’s.

Do you want to go back to school, but think it’s too late, or you have too many responsibilities? You're certainly not alone. In fact, you’re in great company. Many of our online students are working professionals and parents looking to advance their careers.                

That was Stephanie Gilliam — who's actually pulling triple duty. She’s a full-time veterinary nurse and an adjunct clinical instructor at the University of Missouri Veterinary Health Center, and she’s a mom of two. And on top of that — she just graduated from Mizzou with an online master’s degree in biomedical sciences. So why did she go back to school?

“When you choose a career in health care, no matter if it’s human or veterinary-related, you have to dedicate yourself to continually learning. The profession is always changing. There's always new things coming out and I have to be my best self for my patients and my clients and my students.” 

But Stephanie says she was only able to pursue her dream of getting her master’s degree because the program is online.

And now that she graduated... She has a message for her kids.

“I want them to know that you can do whatever you set your mind to.”

So what are you waiting for? Mizzou’s online programs are flexible for busy students with full-time responsibilities at work and at home. If you have a career goal, we want to help you get there.

“A mentor actually said to me just a few weeks ago, ‘Steph, you have grit.’ And I think grit is really what it takes. If you're a hard worker and you dedicate yourself, you can accomplish this goal.” 

Tune in to our next episode of Online Stripes. Presented by the University of Missouri — home of Mizzou Online. Available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, iHeart Radio, and smart speakers.


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